I-01 - 031:010 - Research Methods in Psychology Spring,...

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031:010 - Research Methods in Psychology Spring, 2010 Jan 21 st
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Asking ( and refining ) scientific questions central role of data Data = sets of values on variables 2
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scientists ask questions that can be answered by data scientists propose theories (i.e., make assertions) that can be falsified 3
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Phenomenological / Descriptive - e.g., “when people’s beliefs and behavior are in conflict, they usually change their belief” Theoretical / Explanatory - e.g., “internal conflict causes cognitive dissonance, both types of assertion are based on data but the complexity of the link differs ( by a lot ) 4
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Ways of Knowing 1) Authority / Consensus 2) Rational / Logical Argument 3) Experience (aka Empiricism) most science is a mixture of all three motivation actual experiment 5
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Attributes of Science 1 a) only addresses answerable questions 1 b) produces tentative, falsifiable conclusions
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